The police have said that the death in custody of an alleged leader of the Offa bank robbery gang, Michael Adikwu, does not vindicate senate president, Bukola Saraki, or affect the outcome of the case.
Backstory: The police said in a statement by its spokesman, Moshood Jimoh, that the evidence presented by other gang members was sufficient to still prosecute Saraki.
The police had arraigned the gang leaders – Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibukunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salawudeen Azeez, and Niyi Ogundiran – at a Kwara State High Court for involvement in the bank robbery which took place in April 2018 during which over 31 people, including nine policemen, were killed.
Earlier this week, one of the leaders of the gang reportedly slumped and died while in custody.
Jimoh claimed that the 30-year old Adikwu was not murdered, “but slumped and died in detention”, a claim that is hard to believe without further investigation, considering the brutal antecedents of the Nigerian Police Force.
“It is important for the public to know that Adikwu was not among the five gang leaders that indicted and implicated the Senate President; therefore, his death cannot vindicate Senator Bukola Saraki,” he said. “Evidence from the five suspects now in court is enough to prosecute the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki.”
The police have insisted that their investigations have revealed that the men who carried out the robberies in Offa in April 2018, were Saraki’s political thugs.
The force spokesman dismissed a statement by the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the Senate President, Yusuf Olaniyonu, which claimed that the case against Saraki was politically motivated. Saraki had released a statement saying that he was vindicated after the announcement that Adikwu had died in custody. With the rebuttal by the police, it means this saga continues.